Yesterday’s March on Monument was a symbolic display of solidarity and unity. With Robert E. Lee serving as the backdrop, the speakers and signs framed a message of coming together for a variety of issues that will certainly be threatened in the coming Trump administration: Equal Rights for Women, Reproduction Rights, support for those in the LGTBQ community, were some of the larger themes. There were a lot of signs against the Trump Administration but just as many (or more) in support of unifying causes. Overall, I think the march was strong gesture against the intolerance we’ve seen since the start of the presidential campaign season.
With that, walking through the crowd at the tail end of the rally, I still have a few questions:
- With so much to fight in the looming Trump Administration, where does one start? There were a lot of different messages coming from the podium and the signs. And that was before Congressman McEachin brought up Russian hacking.
- How do we bring larger number of your people and minorities to these types of efforts? Unless, I missed it – which I don’t think I did – of the social groups that publicly supported the rally: ACLU of Virginia, Equality Virginia, Health Brigade, the Richmond Peace Education Center and the YWCA of Richmond, just to name a few, there was just a lack of the young and minority spirit that I saw at some of the Black Lives Matter rallies in Monroe Park. I’d love to see some truly unified efforts in 2017.
- Specifically, how do we bring Richmond’s hip-hop community into theses efforts? That’s a loaded question but one I don’t know the answer. There are a plethora of power voices in Richmond’s hip-hop community – strong voices – protest voices – they must be heard.
I’d love to hear your answers to these questions and even more observations in the comments. #WESEEIT